Interpol issues red notice for Khashoggi killing

Mar 16, 2019, 00:58
Interpol issues red notice for Khashoggi killing

The notice was issued on March 1 as part of Turkey's request over the investigation launched into the murder by the Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutor's Office.

The Saudi public prosecutor's spokesman said late previous year that 11 Saudis had been indicted and referred for trial over the case, with authorities seeking the death penalty for five.

Al-Aiban told the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva that the Kingdom has taken all necessary measures in the case of murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

SAUDI Arabia today reiterated its rejection of calls for an global, independent investigation into the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, insisting it was well equipped to bring the perpetrators to justice.

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Three dozen Western countries, including all 28 European Union members, called on Saudi Arabia last week to co-operate with a UN-led investigation.

Interpol has issued a red notice for the arrest of 20 suspects believed to be involved in the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, including a top adviser to Saudi Arabia's powerful crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman. The suspects, dubbed as the execution team who returned to Saudi Arabia after killing Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2, 2018, will now be sought for arrest throughout the world.

Aiban said that there had so far been three hearings, and that the accused and their lawyers had been present. He gave no names or details.

The kingdom, he said, will not accept calls to "internationalize" the legal proceedings, which would be perceived as foreign interference with domestic affairs.

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On Thursday, critics of the government's handling of the investigation, including Yahya Assiri, a Saudi human rights activist, noted the omission of any mention of the kingdom's powerful crown prince.

After making numerous contradictory statements, it said Mr. Khashoggi was killed after negotiations to persuade him to return to Saudi Arabia failed - and later that 11 Saudis had been indicted and referred for trial over the case, without identifying them. Turkey urged Saudi Arabia to extradite the perpetrators of the crime, as well as to provide information on the location of Khashoggi's body.

Agnes Callamard, the UN's special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, was in Turkey in late January to probe what happened to the journalist.

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